As I ride down the elevator after an hour of working out at our office gym, I would encounter a colleague who asks, “Gym?”. “Yeah,” I would reply. “Buti ka pa may time,” would be the usual comment (It’s hard to translate but essentially the statement implies that I am lucky since I have the time to exercise). I would politely smile and say, “Oo nga, eh. Pero kailangan talaga mag-exercise.” (I really need to exercise).